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30th Annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball

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Gladys Knight says being married to a western North Carolina native has turned her into a

country girl at heart, and she’s hoping to turn that new affection into possibly the best thing that’s

ever happened to Canton.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Knight and William “Billy” McDowell, a Canton native, have

launched a fundraising campaign for the Reynolds Community Center at the site of Reynolds

High School.

Organizers need to raise up to $5 million to renovate the 20,000-square-foot building, which was

constructed in 1930 and was functional until 1966. It was once the only African-American high

school in western North Carolina west of Asheville.

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source: Associated Press // EEW Magazine

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